Email: enquiries@durhamfreemasons.org Tel: 0191 567 5365

UGLE CHRISTMAS VIRTUAL ORGAN CONCERT

26

November
Article Image
Article Image
Article Image

FREEMASONS’ HALL BRINGS SOME EARLY CHRISTMAS CHEER

WITH ITS FIRST VIRTUAL ORGAN CONCERT THIS DECEMBER

 

United Grand Lodge are organising their first virtual Organ Concert, to take place on 9 December at 7pm. The event aims to showcase the magnificent Willis Pipe Organ, and will be streamed from the majestic Grand Temple in Freemasons’ Hall, London, an Art Deco masterpiece built in 1933.

 

The virtual audience will be able to watch Christopher Stokes, the present Senior Organist at the Freemasons Hall, and organist and Master of the Choristers at Manchester Cathedral. He previously held posts as organist and Master of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, and director of music at St Margaret’s, Westminster Abbey.

 

Mr Stokes is a renowned soloist, but has also appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Hallé Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata, the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Golden Age.

 

The artist has selected eight memorable melodies to enchant audiences:

  • Sonata in G – Edward Elgar
  • Toccata Giocosa (William Mathias)
  • Psalm Prelude Set 1 No 1 (Herbert Howells)
  • Tuba Tune (Norman Cocker)
  • Chanson de Matin (Edward Elgar)
  • Tune in E, in the style of John Stanley (George Thalben-Ball)
  • Sonata in Eb, BWV 525(i) (Johann Sebastian Bach)
  • Crown Imperial (William Walton)

 

 

Dr David Staples, chief executive of the United Grand Lodge of England, commented: “The country has faced two national lockdowns in the past year, which has left many feeling isolated and lonely, at UGLE we wanted to spread some early Christmas cheer with a virtual concert to bring music and joy into people’s homes. During the virtual presentation, the audience will have the opportunity to appreciate some of the stunning architecture of our Headquarters here in London at the same time.”

 

Freemasons’ Hall, was designed as a pentagon to suit the irregular area in which it is located. Situated in the central courtyard of the splendid art deco building, the Grand Temple is rich in multicoloured details of blue, gold and white.

 

Inside the Grand Temple, visitors cannot miss the majestic 1.25-tonne organ with its ornate pipes, the golden thrones and sturdy bronze doors, each measuring 3.6 metres by 1.2 metres.

 

The original organ was installed in 1933 by Henry Willis, the third generation of an extended family line of organ builders. It originally had three manuals and 43 stops, giving a total complement of some 2,220 pipes, and was the last big organ built by the Willis firm. After 80 years it was in need of a complete renovation, and this was carried out in Durham by Harrison & Harrison who designed the new case above the console to houses a further six stops (approximately 400 pipes) to enhance its sound.

 

To participate in the event, members of the public can book for free via: http://bit.ly/FMH-Concert-Dec-2020

 

<< News Articles
  • TLC Teddy Initiative……

    “thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”

  • Community Support Grants…..

    “The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”

  • Provincial Annual Meeting….

    “The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….

  • Masonic Widows……

    “My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”

  • Provincial Meeting…..

    “The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”

  • The Royal Arch…..

    “I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”

  • What have you gained?

    “I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”

  • In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative

    “A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”

  • What Freemasonry has done for you?

    “The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you

  • One of the best things I have ever done…

    “Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”

Coronavirus Latest: 'click here'